26 August 2009 -Australia Japan Cable (AJC), operator of the AJC cable system between Japan and Australia, and Pacific Crossing Limited (PCL), the operator of the lowest latency network across the Pacific, PC-1, have announced the launch of their Gigabit Ethernet Service over the AJC and PC-1 networks for carrier, enterprise, and ISP customers looking for scalable, flexible connectivity options between Australia and North America.


Both companies had announced Gigabit Ethernet offerings on their own networks earlier in the year.  "Testing together with AJC was hugely successful and proved our joint capability to deliver an Ethernet service that the industry has come to expect," said Seth Davis, PCL CTO.  "Partnering together, AJC and PCL can offer standard 1Gigabit and 10Gigabit interfaces together with the flexibility of scalable capacity from 150Mbs (STM1) up to the full size of the port interface."

"The expansion of our Ethernet service to include our partnership with PCL and deliver services all the way to the US is an evolutionary step in our product strategy," said Chris Kessikidis, AJC's Commercial Director.  "Additionally we have established relationships with Australian backhaul providers enabling the ability to deliver these services all the way to the customer's premise."

"For customers our Gigabit offering with AJC provides tremendous flexibility," said John Garrett, PCL Global Head of Sales.  "Customers can have the service installed and then increase capacity up to the port speed (1Gb or 10Gb) overtime without any necessary upgrades to equipment or local access.   The money and time saved and the productivity gained by not having to wait for new equipment and install it, or wait for upgrades to local access is huge."

Testing of the Gigabit service on the AJC and PC-1 networks confirmed transmission performance up to the full rate and for frames up to a jumbo size of 9224 bytes.

"While international submarine networks, including AJC, have historically provided connectivity using Protected and Unprotected SDH capacity, there has been a clear trend  to migrate Ethernet connectivity from local to national to international," said Phillip Murphy, AJC's Head of Engineering.  "We are pleased to be working with PCL to provide this solution to the marketplace."